Last weekend, the Jim Henson Company posted a Google Doodle in honor of Henson’s would-be 75th birthday. Now, while this doesn’t particularly relate to one entertainment entity, the doodle was very near and dear to my heart. Not only was it a reminder of the too-soon passing of such an amazing artist, innovator, and influencer, it was also a beautiful commemoration of his world-renowned creations, the Muppets.
However, what I find most amazing about this is the overwhelming response to the doodle. Working in the marketing department at the Jim Henson Company, I got to see just how far this Google doodle went, and how far it reached. Let me tell you, the results were incredible. It was so good to see how much Henson inspired people around the world and how much he has been missed. Also, it was interesting to see how much time people have to waste! Hundreds of videos were made using the movable animations, including “music videos” for songs like Katy Perry’s “E.T.”, Black Eyed Peas’ “Boom Boom Pow” (watch below!), The Proclaimers’ “500 Miles”, Adele’s “Rolling in the Deep”, Ke$ha’s “Tik Tok”, etc. etc.
While the doodle was taken down after only 48 hours, it was still quite a wonderful gift and a really great way for the company to get some much-deserved exposure. Though Henson’s most popular creation, the Muppets, is now owned by Disney, he will forever be accredited with revolutionizing not only the art of puppeteering, but also the entertainment industry in general.